Scoliosis Treatments for Children Mason City IA

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Adel Fangary Makar, MD
(641) 422-7000
1000 4th St SW
Mason City, IA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Asyut, Fac Of Med, Asyut, Egypt
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy Med Ctr -North Iowa, Mason City, Ia
Group Practice: Pediatric & Adolescent Clinic

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Jaffar Ali Shaik, MD
(641) 422-9201
910 N Eisenhower Ave
Mason City, IA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Madurai Med Coll, Madurai Univ, Madurai, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 1980

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Dr. Jaffar Ali Shaik
(641) 422-9201
910 N Eisenhower Ave
Mason City, IA
Specialty
Pediatrics

Tami Renee Wiegmann, MD
(641) 422-5437
910 N Eisenhower Ave
Mason City, IA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1998

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Wiegmann Tami MD
(641) 422-5437
910 North Eisenhower Avenue
Mason City, IA
 
Meindl Martin G DO
(641) 422-7000
910 North Eisenhower Avenue
Mason City, IA
 
John C Justin
(641) 422-7388
910 N Eisenhower Ave
Mason City, IA
Specialty
Pediatrics

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David Leslie Little, MD
(641) 422-7854
1000 4th St SW
Mason City, IA
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: North Iowa Mercy Health Center, Mason City, Ia
Group Practice: Mercy Pediatric & Adolescent

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Shaik Jaffar MD
(641) 422-5437
910 North Eisenhower Avenue
Mason City, IA
 
Chandra Samir MD
(319) 272-5000
910 North Eisenhower Avenue
Mason City, IA
 
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Managing Scoliosis in Young Children

Scoliosis or curvature of the spine can affect young children under the age of five. In this article doctors from the Naval Medical Center in San Diego review what causes this condition and how to treat it. Newer surgical methods of treatment are highlighted. Details of the exam are also included.

Although some cases of early onset scoliosis occur for no apparent reason, most are caused by some other problem. This could be deformity of the vertebra, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, or some other neurologic condition.

MRIs should be done with all young patients whose curves measure 20 degrees or more. The authors suggest this because many of the young children with scoliosis also have hidden spinal cord or brain abnormalities.

Treatment depends on the size of the curve. Curves less than 20 degrees are followed with X-rays every four to six months. If the curve stabilizes, then an exam every one to two years is enough. For curves greater than 20 degrees casting, bracing, or both is advised for at least two years.

If a curve continues to get worse, then surgery to fuse the spine may be needed. The spine does stop growing when fused so this is not the best solution. Another option is the use of "growing rods." Rods are placed on both sides of the spine. The rods are lengthened every six months as the child grows. fusion can be delayed until much later.

What's ahead in the treatment of this problem? The authors say the search is on for better ways to correct...

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